Slovenian student world's best young astronomer

Katowice, 20 August - Slovenian secondary school student Peter Andolšek has become the world's best young astronomer, having been declared the overall winner of the 16th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Chorzow, Poland
Slovenian student Peter Andolšek wins the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA).
Photo: A. Guštin

"Andolšek was the best of the best. Aside from taking the overall victory, he won two of the three categories, astronomical observation and analysis of astronomical data," the Ljubljana Faculty of Mathematics and Physics said.

Andolšek, a student at the Gimnazija Bežirad in Ljubljana, had won gold twice before but this is the first time he emerged as the overall winner.

Only one Slovenian student has ever won the event before, Aleksej Jurca in 2017.

The event in Chorzow, Poland features 250 competitors from 50 countries and wrapped up on Sunday. The Slovenian team won gold, two silvers and a bronze.

The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics is an annual competition. It is one of the international science olympiads.